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Stephen Colbert: Californians 'Soiling Their Yoga Mats' Over Radiation Fears (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Mar 23rd 2011 6:30AM
On 'The Colbert Report' (Weeknights, 11:30PM ET on Comedy Central), Stephen Colbert complimented the Japanese people for the calm and orderly way they've dealt with their nation's series of disasters.

He then contrasted this with the less calm and orderly way Americans deal with disasters. Colbert included in his comparison the -- not-entirely rational -- hoarding of anti-radiation pills that is currently going on in California.

"Californians are soiling their yoga mats about [Japan's] meltdown," Colbert explained. "They're panicked that trace amounts of radiation will drift 5,000 miles and contaminate their Jamba Juices. So they are already hoarding anything that is known to absorb radiation."

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2004 Tsunami Survivor Petra Nemcova Recalls the 'Unconditional Love' Displayed During The Disaster (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Mar 16th 2011 6:50AM
Petra Nemcova on 'Piers Morgan Tonight'Model and upcoming 'Dancing With the Stars' contestant Petra Nemcova was seriously injured during the 2004 Tsunami in Thailand, a disaster in which her fiancé was killed.

Nemcova is still haunted by what happened seven years ago. But, as she told 'Piers Morgan Tonight' (Weeknights, 9PM ET on CNN), she was also able to take from the tragedy some positive observations about the goodness of human beings -- which she believes will apply to the the unfolding tragedy in Japan.

"One thing that I've seen, personally, amongst a disaster is there was so much unconditional love around people being ready to sacrifice their own lives for others, for strangers, and the whole world coming together and giving so much love," she told Morgan. "That's something amazing and very positive."

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Gilbert Gottfried Fired As Voice of Aflac Duck Over Japan Tsunami Jokes

by Catherine Lawson, posted Mar 15th 2011 9:25AM
Gilbrt GottfriedControversial comedian and actor Gilbert Gottfried has been fired from his longtime job as the voice of the Aflac Duck in TV commercials.

The insurance giant severed ties with Gottfried Monday after he Tweeted several crude jokes about the massive earthquake and tsunami that devastated parts of Japan last week.

In a statement, Aflac Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Michael Zuna said, "Gilbert's recent comments about the crisis in Japan were lacking in humor and certainly do not represent the thoughts and feelings of anyone at Aflac."

Zuna added that, "Aflac Japan -- and by extension Japan itself -- is part of the Aflac family. There is no place for anything but compassion and concern during these difficult times."

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